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« on: April 02, 2007 09:58:56 PM »

Does anyone have any experience with purchasing off ebay?
I want to get some old appliances to revamp...
I'm a little weary of purchasing items. I'd go to Goodwill/Thrift stores around here, but their hours conflict with mine and they never have anything good. Not that it matters...ANYWAY!

If someone could give me some tips/advice, and whatnot I'd appreciate it!!

Thx in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007 11:20:12 PM »

I've not had a problem with purchasing things off eBay yet. Though, YMMV.
I would recommend  that you check out their feedback first. And shipping on heavy things can be quite costly. I'd check out stores in your area to avoid hefty shipping costs.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2007 11:36:47 PM »

I've both bought and sold on eBay, and my advice is -

Check the seller's feedback - if they have negatives or neutrals read the comment (and the feedback they left for that buyer too)

Read the description carefully, and don't be afraid to ask the seller questions.

Check the sellers feedback

Always pay through paypal - if anything goes wrong it's easier to get things sorted out that way as paypal is part of eBay.

Check the seller's feedback.

Be aware of shipping charges when deciding your maximum bid!

Happy shopping Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007 12:06:13 AM »

All great advice-I would only add be sure to be extra careful with any used electrical item  Smiley Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007 07:07:52 AM »

Thanks, you guys! That was very helpful!
But, what if the seller were to flake on me after I pay, or something else to that affect? Would it be up to them to refund my money? Would I be (for lack of a better word) screwed? How exactly does that work out?
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« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2007 07:15:46 AM »

Read guides on ebay. I believe if a seller flaked you could send them some sort of warning, and that officials from the site would step in to sort out the issue.

I'm addicted to ebay. I've purchased and received goods about three times so far, with no major problems. Always check feedback and ask any questions if you have doubts! I bombard sellers with questions and sometimes I don't even end up winning the auction- but it's always worth it in the end.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2007 08:24:53 AM »

check on the seller's other items, particularly on how many times the same bidders bid on their items - not sure if you can actually do this anymore.  My husband was bidding on an item and found himself in a bidding war with a particular bidder.  Finally he won the item and was contacted by the seller, the problem was he used another ebay id to contact my husband, which just happened to be the same id as the other bidder in the bidding war!

Other than that time we have had no problems buying on eBay. 
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